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Mel Asberry

Mel Asberry
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Mel Asberry is an experienced Designated Airworthiness Representative specializing in Experimental/Amateur-Built aircraft. He and his wife, Ann, have built seven amateur-built airplanes including two ultralight types, a Moni Motorglider, a Dragonfly Mk2, two RV-6s and a Zenair CH 601HDS. They are currently building a scratch-built biplane.

A Highly Modified Gyroplane and a Piper, Christavia, Bearhawk, Zenith Mashup?

Question: I am building a gyroplane from pieces of an RAF 2000. I will be building my own frame with dropped keel and main...

Changing the Propeller, Can I Add Seats?

Question: I am upgrading the propeller on my aircraft and was wondering if you might be able to help me out. My situation is...

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Heeding manufacturer overhaul times, about the repairman certificate.

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Modifying different types of Light Sport Aircraft, updating Phase II operating limitations.

25+ Years with an RV-6

The story of N168TX.

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Licensing a partially completed project. Does major repair work count as building?

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Hiring a professional build center to build an Experimental Light Sport Aircraft.

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LSA weight increase, compass requirements, gyroplane DARs, E/A-B inspector eligibility.

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Repairman certificate eligibility, who to list as the manufacturer, installing ADS-B equipment.

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Importing a Canadian experimental to the U.S., maintenance regs, Form 8000-3 confusion.

In Case You Missed it

Aero ‘lectrics

Jim Weir shows you how to build your own GPS “turnstile” antenna.

NextGen Heirloom

Dennis Hutchinson rebuilds a Davis DA-2 for the future.

Practical Electrical

Battery facts and fables for the aircraft builder–part 2. By Robert L. Nuckolls, III.
Leakdown-Tester

The Big Scare

You look down at the instruments, and instantly energy drains down your body as if bomb bay doors on the soles of your feet had opened and the concrete floor were a sponge.